SBIR Phase I:Synthetic pathway in Pichia pastoris for production of 1,2-propanediol from crude glycerol

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 1013619
Agency Tracking Number: 1013619
Amount: $164,481.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: BC
Solicitation Number: NSF 09-609
Small Business Information
334 Hecla Street, Lake Linden, MI, 49945
HUBZone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Wilbur Campbell
 (906) 296-1115
Business Contact
 Wilbur Campbell
Title: DPhil
Phone: (906) 296-1115
Research Institution
This SBIR Phase I project will produce 1,2- propanediol (propylene glycol) from biodiesel byproduct glycerol using a synthetic biology approach in a Pichia pastoris as cell factory. This compound has wide scope in industries from fuel additive to de-icing agent. The broader/commercial impact of the project will be the application of biotechnology to the solution of environmental problems. The market opportunity for the output from this project is broad. In current practice, the transesterification of plant liquids generates crude glycerol as a byproduct and this byproduct could be an additional raw substrate for many value-added compounds and production of 1, 2-propanediol.

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